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Oil report

UPDATE 2-Japan's 2015/16 LNG imports fall 6.2 pct from record high

* LNG imports fall to 83.571 mln T in fiscal year ended March
    * 2015/16 thermal coal imports rise 1.7 pct to record high 112.139 mln T
    * 2015/16 crude imports climb 2.9 pct to 3.42 mln bpd (199.211 mln kl)

 (Adds milestone for March LNG imports)
    TOKYO, April 20 (Reuters) - Japan's liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports fell
6.2 percent in the fiscal year ended March 31 from a year earlier to 83.571
million tonnes, preliminary trade data showed on Wednesday, marking the first
drop in six years as some nuclear reactors restarted.
    The decline was also the first since the Fukushima nuclear disaster,
following a massive quake in 2011, drove purchases to successive records.
 
    Thermal coal imports rose 1.7 percent to a record high of 112.139 million
tonnes, while crude oil imports climbed 2.9 percent to 3.42 million barrels per
day (199.211 million kilolitres), customs-cleared data by the Ministry of
Finance showed.
    Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude buyer, imported 4.17 million barrels
per day (20.542 million kilolitres) of crude oil last month, up 15.9 percent,
marking the second-straight month of gains, the data showed.
    Japan's imports of liquefied natural gas totalled 8.149 million tonnes last
month, up 0.1 percent from a year earlier, marking the first year-on-year rise
in seven months. Imports of thermal coal for power generation declined 3.0
percent in March to 9.203 million tonnes, the data showed.
    Following is a preliminary breakdown of energy imports for last month and
2015/16, with volumes of crude, oil products and gasoline/naphtha in million
kilolitres; LNG, LPG and coal in million tonnes; values in million yen.
    
March figures
             Fuel    Volume   Yr/Yr(%)       Value   Yr/Yr(%)
    Mineral Fuels       n/a        n/a  1,095,431       -37.8
        Crude Oil    20.542       15.9    467,926       -36.1
     Oil products       n/a        n/a     85,714       -46.3
  (Mogas/naphtha)     2.366       -5.7     66,378       -36.7
              LNG     8.149        0.1    346,008       -43.7
              LPG     1.429       18.8     54,368       -29.1
             Coal    16.937       10.0    137,091       -19.4
   (Thermal Coal)     9.203       -3.0     70,447       -27.7
    
    
   2015/16 figures
            Fuel    Volume  Yr/Yr(%)         Value  Yr/Yr(%)
   Mineral Fuels       n/a       n/a   16,064,592      -36.0
       Crude Oil   199.211       2.9    7,368,921      -37.9
    Oil products       n/a       n/a    1,643,772      -32.0
 (Mogas/naphtha)    30.433       6.8    1,261,798      -28.6
             LNG    83.571      -6.2    4,547,766      -41.4
             LPG    10.913      -6.5      577,910      -38.6
            Coal   191.550       2.1    1,864,007       -8.6
  (Thermal Coal)   112.139       1.7    1,019,836       -8.5
 
    

 (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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